Founded in 1965, the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) is one of the largest and most prestigious K-12 independent Jewish day schools in North America. Our mission is to deliver an outstanding and inspiring general and Judaic studies curriculum.
In grades K-6, we foster an environment where children feel safe, loved and challenged. Our faculty works hard to instill feelings of self-worth and self-confidence in each child.
CESJDS achieves academic excellence through a balanced curriculum of general coursework and a comprehensive Judaic studies program. Our students start on the journey to become skilled readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists and artists, anchored in Jewish values and knowledge.
We are committed to reimagining what secondary-level students can achieve in an environment characterized by academic excellence and Jewish values. In Middle School (grades 7-8) and High School (grades 9-12), rigorous study in the classroom is infused with creativity and relevance, while activities outside the classroom are characterized by hands-on engagement.
Students pursue their passions through dozens of extra-curricular options, including visual and performing arts, athletics, student leadership, publications, and debate. Our program culminates in the heritage journey of a lifetime, the 13-week Senior Trip to Poland, the Czech Republic, and Israel. Graduates then depart for college equipped with memorable experiences and abundant knowledge to help them succeed during their undergraduate journey and beyond.
As confident thinkers who engage the world through Jewish values, our alumni make a difference, and are ensuring a vibrant Jewish future.